212 Hrs – A Different Angle
This plywood problem was really beginning to stress me out. I finally got to talk to someone at the supplier who knew what they were talking about and, although they are reluctant to admit fault he did agree that the sheets I had received seemed to be ‘at the lower end of the acceptable parameters’! Whilst I am sure I could argue that point there is nothing to be gained, he has agreed to a return for credit. Problem is all their remaining stock is from the same batch and all they can offer me as an alternative at the moment is a super expensive (£42 per sheet) Lloyds approved Sapele or a high quality Birch WBP, neither option does it for me. Their next large shipment of Far Eastern Marine hits the docks in 2-3 weeks so I am going to wait and see if this new shipment reverts back to the quality I had before and in the meantime see if I can find another supplier. It struck me tonight that there is no point stressing and rushing to get this next supply, I have a full set of lower hullsides cut and I can use the offcuts from these as templates for when I eventually cut the next set. I have weeks, no, months of work to get one lower hull completed. I don’t need any more 9mm until I start the second hull. Pressure off! So, I am away working now until Friday but I have a clear plan now for moving to the next stage. As I’ve said somewhere else there is a clear lesson here, if you have the finances, find the ply you want and buy enough to finish the boat in one go!